Assistant Professor
Chemical & Biological Engineering

Contact Information
Office Location: 254 Scott Bioengineering
Phone: 970 491 6078
Fax: 970-491-7369
Email: joshua.chan@colostate.edu
Research website: coming soon

Dr. Joshua Chan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). His research focuses on modeling and engineering microbiomes, which have a huge impact on the earth ecosystem and the life form therein, from the global geochemical cycle, soil and plant health, to human immune systems. In the post-genomics era, the availability of genome sequences and multi-omics data presents a unique opportunity to construct systems biological models to understand and predict microbiomes in terms of their evolution, stability and biochemical functions under various physiochemical environments. Ultimately, natural and synthetic microbiomes can be manipulated and constructed for addressing global challenges including food security, climate change, human diseases and sustainable chemical productions. Dr. Chan obtained his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics at the University of Hong Kong and Master of Philosophy in computational systems biology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He finished his Ph. D. in 2015 under the supervision of Peter Ruhdal Jensen at the Technical University of Denmark. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Chan worked as a postdoctoral research scholar in Costas Maranas’s group at the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chan is currently recruiting PhD students to join his lab. Projects will focus on engineering microbiomes through integrative modeling and experimental approaches. There will be opportunities to study microbiomes in natural and engineered systems in collaboration with other experts across and beyond the campus. Students from various disciplines in science and engineering are welcome, e.g., biochemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science. While it is not usual for a student to have background in all of the above areas, a strong motivation to cross disciplinary boundaries, conduct interdisciplinary collaborative research, and generate original ideas is highly valued. Interested students please apply through CSU Graduate School and are encouraged to contact Dr. Chan.

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  • B.S., University of Hong Kong – mathematics and physics
  • M.Phil., Hong Kong Polytechnic University – computational systems biology
  • Ph. D., Technical University of Denmark